Thursday, September 11th 2014

ASUS Announces the Z10PE-D8 WS Dual-Socket Motherboard

ASUS today announced the Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard based on the Intel C612 chipset and with dual processor sockets ready for the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product families.

The new Server System Infrastructure Enterprise Electronics Bay (SSI EEB) motherboards have superb storage support, including the ASUS PIKE II (Proprietary I/O Kit Expansion) card and support for PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 x4 M.2 (Next-Generation Form Factor, or NGFF). They benefit also from the ASUS Q-Code Logger for one-touch easy maintenance and a Dr. Power LED lamp to clearly indicate unusual power status.
Ultimate PCI Express 3.0 multi-GPU power
The Z10PE-D8 WS is equipped to provide the ultimate workstation graphics power, with support for up to four dual-slot graphics cards. Both 4-Way NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD CrossFireX are supported, so it is an excellent choice for professionals who depend on powerful graphics in areas such as design, modeling and medical research, as well as processing-intensive simulation and rendering applications.

With a total of seven PCIe 3.0 slots, the Z10PE-D8 WS offers ample room for RAID cards, PCI Express-based solid-state drives (SSDs), video-capture cards and other high-speed components.

Premium components for premium power efficiency
Z10PE-D8 WS benefits from premium components hand-chosen and carefully arranged by ASUS engineers to provide optimum power efficiency. These include integrated Driver-MOSFETs (Dr. MOS) to save space and reduce operating temperatures for more efficient operation, and ASUS-exclusive Beat Thermal Chokes II. The new Beat Thermal Chokes II design delivers up to 94% power efficiency and lower temperatures under normal operation.

ASUS is the world's first server manufacturer to introduce 12K solid capacitors - the Z10PE-D8 WS has these ultra-resilient components on board. These Japanese-made capacitors are able to withstand up to 12,000 hours of temperatures as high as 105°C, far exceeding everyday demands. And at a typical operating temperature of 65°C, our 12K capacitors have an expected lifespan of 1.2m hours - or well over a century.

The Z10PE-D8 WS also employs ProCool power connectors. The ProCool design eliminates hollow areas associated with traditional power connectors, ensuring a close and secure connection with the PSU power connector pins. The flush connection enables lower impedance and better heat dissipation - helping to prevent connector burnouts.

Flexible fan speed control, flexible storage and easy maintenance
The new Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard offers flexible fan-speed controls, which can be managed manually or automatically. In automatic mode, the fan speeds are adjusted according to the processor temperature. In manual mode, the administrator can set a fan curve according to cooling requirements.

The new Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard offers industry-leading storage flexibility, with a built-in M.2 connector supporting PCIe 3.0 x4 2260 (60mm), 2280 (80mm) and 22110 (110mm) devices, and support for the ASUS PIKE II (Proprietary I/O Kit Expansion) card for high-reliability, enterprise-grade 12Gbit/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) devices.

The motherboard also benefits from ASUS Q-Code Logger, an easy-maintenance button that records four-digit port 80 code logs to a flash drive with one touch, so administrators can diagnose problems quickly and easily. Similarly, the conveniently-located Dr. Power LED displays messages to clearly indicate a power fault.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The Z10PE-D8 WS is priced at $599 and will be available soon at ASUS authorized resellers and distributors.
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11 Comments on ASUS Announces the Z10PE-D8 WS Dual-Socket Motherboard

#1
Petey Plane
Gasp, heatsinks that actually look like heatsinks?!?! I wish Asus (and basically all other manufactures outside of Supermicro) would design the heat sinks on the rest of their boards like this, and not the awful looking modern art sculptures that pass for heat sinks.
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buildzoid
Petey Plane
Gasp, heatsinks that actually look like heatsinks?!?! I wish Asus (and basically all other manufactures outside of Supermicro) would design the heat sinks on the rest of their boards like this, and not the awful looking modern art sculptures that pass for heat sinks.
I completely agree
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radrok
Intel y u no give us QPI enabled 5960X? :(
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Marty 1480
Nice to see that design was used on a dual workstation board for a change. People at work want something nice as well.
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THE_EGG
Petey Plane
Gasp, heatsinks that actually look like heatsinks?!?! I wish Asus (and basically all other manufactures outside of Supermicro) would design the heat sinks on the rest of their boards like this, and not the awful looking modern art sculptures that pass for heat sinks.
Agreed, the last Asus board I remember to have those kinds of heatsinks was the X58-P6T. Quite a long time ago.
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
THE_EGG
Agreed, the last Asus board I remember to have those kinds of heatsinks was the X58-P6T. Quite a long time ago.
The P9X79-WS had normal looking heat sinks, IMHO.

radrok
Intel y u no give us QPI enabled 5960X? :(
Right? I bet the 3820 would have looked a lot nicer if it had two QPI links. :p

Edit: On a side note, am I the only person who noticed that Intel's 12c/24t entry Xeon is now 800 USD cheaper than it used to be on 2011-3? You can get 12c Xeon for 1600 USD instead of 2400 USD now. That's an improvement IMHO.
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THE_EGG
Aquinus
The P9X79-WS had normal looking heat sinks, IMHO.
Yeh I agree. I totally forgot about that one :oops:.

I need to go to bed.....
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I should also add (I said this elsewhere,) 2011-3 entry level Xeons have 6c/12t and two QPI links. Two entry level Xeons would only cost 500 USD (240 USD each). That's not too bad to get your foot in the door if a server is your goal. You don't play games on those CPUs though, they're clocked way too low.
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haswrong
Aquinus
I should also add (I said this elsewhere,) 2011-3 entry level Xeons have 6c/12t and two QPI links. Two entry level Xeons would only cost 500 USD (240 USD each). That's not too bad to get your foot in the door if a server is your goal. You don't play games on those CPUs though, they're clocked way too low.
i bet the guys at intel are scratching their heads right now and asking themselves if they didint forget to design a properly clocked pairable cpus for this awesome motherboard :D wake up intel, you have fallen behind!
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#11
NeoConservativeHawk
Partial crosspost form here:
http://www.techpowerup.com/205155/asus-announces-the-x99-e-ws-workstation-motherboard.html?cp=2#comments

Regarding the newly released Asus Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard,
http://www.asus.com/Commercial_Servers_Workstations/Z10PED8_WS/overview/
I asked Asus customer support about the state of ECC Ram support for this particular model.
A few hours later I got this response (quoted with explicit permission of all parties involved):
Greetings Mr. ____________,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard.

Please note that as of date the memory QVL has not been completed, in fact it still is in its early stages. You can verify that yourself by taking a look at this page:

http://www.asus.com/Commercial_Servers_Workstations/Z10PED8_WS/HelpDesk_QVL/

or directly at the actual state of the memory QVL:
dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/Socket2011-R3/Z10PE-D8_WS/QVL/Z10PE-D8_WS_Memory_QVL_140904.pdf

As stated in the specifications, (8 x DIMM, Max. 512GB, DDR4 2133/1866/1600/1333 MHz RDIMM, LR-DIMM, NVDIMM Memory Quad Channel Memory Architecture), the motherboard certainly supports Error-correcting code memory. In fact, by checking with the memory QVL, unfortunately only one vendor is listet at this time, you can see that the SKhynix modules tested are fully supported.

Vender: SKhynix
Vendor P/N: HMA41GR7MFR4N-TFTD
Size: 8GB
Module Spec: DDR4-2133 ECC/REG CL15
Rank: 1
Memmory Chip: SKhynix H5AN4G4NMFR-TFC
Register Clock Driver: IDT 4RCD0124KC0ATG

Please be patient, we will do our best to continously update and expand the memory QVL in the following weeks and months to provide you with the best support possible.

You can rest assured that all current Asus LGA1150, 2011 v3 WS Motherbards that support designated Intel Xeon E3-1… v3, E5-1… v3, E5-2… v3 Haswell Processors also fully support ECC Ram, in fact missing such an essential feature would be pointless for a workstation product.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.

Best Regards,
Lin
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lin@asus.com
Edit: The provided function has been used to make the links clickable.

My personal impression is that this is way better than the previous one in almost every respect, the rear IO connectors and especially the subdues looks make i quite impressive.
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